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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  April 11, 2012 2:30am-3:00am PDT

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good morning. i'm luke russert in for willie geist. this is "way too early," the show that's been forced to issue its own apologies after a weekend in miami. i'm glad you're up with us this morning watching on msnbc or listening live on sirius xm radio. shoot me an e-mail and let me know why you're awake right now. or you can do what warren buffett does which is text the word awake followed by your response to 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this wednesday, april 11th. there's a lot going on today including new developments in the trayvon martin shooting case, with the gunman's attorney now walking away from their client. and president obama tells the crowd to break out their
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roller skates after his stump speech is interrupted by a disco era light show. that clip is coming up soon. first the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. for the first time the republican race for president today, mitt romney hits the campaign trail without any serious opposition to his bid to the party's nomination. rick santorum bowed out of the fight yesterday despite winning 11 states and more overall counties than any other candidate, but the delicate math was against him. after the recent hospitalization of his young daughter, bella, he said the opportunity to leave the race is to his benefit. tightening poll numbers also indicated his homestate was in jeopardy. >> ladies and gentlemen, we -- we made the decision to get into this race at our kitchen table, against all the odds, and we made the decision over the weekend that while this presidential race for us is
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over, for me, and we will suspend our campaign effective today, we are not done fighting. we are going to continue to fight for those voices, we will continue to fight for the americans who stood up and gave us that air under our wings that allowed us to accomplish things that no political expert would have ever expected. >> now, santorum did not endorse romney during his speech. he didn't even mention him by name. romney was quick to highlight the new developments during a campaign event yesterday in delaware. >> this has been a -- a good day for me. senator santorum has decided not to proceed with his campaign. i spoke with him this morning. we exchanged our thoughts about going forward. we both have a great deal of interest to see the country taking a very different path.
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he will continue to have a major role in the republican party. i look forward to his work and helping to assure victories for republicans across the country in november. we have to get that job done. yesterday alone romney wracked up endorsements from bobby jindal, florida governor rick scott, pennsylvania governor, pat toomey, lindsey graham and terry branstad. joining us by phone is msnbc and "time" magazine senior political analyst mark halpern, co-author of the book "game change." how are you? >> thank you, luke. those are timely endorsements. the train is leaving the station. >> that's right. get on board. rick santorum bows out of the race. why do that now and what does that mean going forward? >> he wasn't totally clear about why. i think family considerations and the strains on his family that have been evident for a
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while and he was in danger of losing pennsylvania. a lot of people believe any of the gains he had made as a national figure could have been undermined if he had been first or one of the first to lose his homestate in the primary. the timing worked for him. the math did not. he still will be a major player now if he consolidates what he does at the convention in tampa and beyond. >> let's talk about that rick santorum was able to garner enthusiasm about the anybody but romney crowd eventually becoming their candidate. he was polling at 1% or 2% back in the fall, national media did not pay attention to him. had this huge surge. are those people believing in santorum or believing in an ideology? and can he still be the prophet that carries that ideology to tampa? >> it's a bit of both. my gut is that he was more the anti-romney candidate than he was some break through of personality or a message. i think santorum ran a fine campaign, certainly deserves
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credit for defying expectations, but he could have done better. had he been a more discipline candidate, driven a message of economic growth more effectively he could be positioned to have more influence on mitt romney, the general election and a career beyond this year. but he did not do that. as well as he did, i think he could have done better. to some extent his success was a more palatable alternative to gingrich and paul. >> you know gingrich -- he has a zest for tiffany's -- his campaign bounced a $500 check to get on utah's ballot? what is going on with gingrich? >> mitt romney's campaign is given credit for being organize,
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but he has been running against people like santorum who couldn't get on the ballot on virginia and gingrich, they are on the scale of a medium-sized house rated in a medium-sized state, not a presidential campaign. i think speaker gingrich, his campaign is about that. >> with the general election effectively underway, tax policy is becoming a defining issue in the race. president obama is rolling out a populous push to change a law so wealthier americans no longer pay a lower tax rate than most middle class americans. in a speech to college students in florida yesterday, the president said a policy that levels the playing field will serve the entire country. >> the share of our national income going to the top 1% has climbed to levels we have not seen since the 1920s. the folks who are benefitting
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from this are paying taxes at one of the lowest rates in 50 years. that's wrong. that's not fair. and so we have got to choose which direction we want this country to go in. do we want to keep giving those tax breaks to folks like me who don't need them or give them to warr warren buffett or bill gates or keep investing if those things that keep our economy growing and keep us secure. the senate is set to vote on the so-called buffet rule next monday where the legislation faces tough opposition from republicans who say the bill would hurt economic growth. it will not reach filibuster. as president obama took on the tax code in florida, back in new york former president george w. bush made a rare post-presidential policy address. bush spoke of his administration's signature tax cuts that are set to expire at
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the set of the year. >> i wish they weren't called the bush tax cuts. if they were called somebody else's tax cuts, they would be less likely to be raised. if you raise taxes, you are taking money out of the pockets of consumers. >> dubya, back on the big stage. the former president spoke of his life since leaving the white house and why he decided to stay out of public life. >> when you get out of office, it's kind of a daunting feeling. you have served, given it your all, all of a sudden you have some years ahead of you. i have decided to stay out of the limelight. i had plenty of the limelight. i don't think it's good for our country to undermine our president and i don't intend to do so. if asked if i miss the presidency? i really don't. i enjoyed it. it was an unbelievably interesting experience. it was an inconvenience to have to stop at some stop lights
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coming over here, but i guess i miss that. >> george w. bush, the first ex-president that i believe doesn't miss the job. we will probably see him again next at a texas rangers playoff game. bush has yet to endorse any presidential candidate. his father and brother both put their support behind mitt romney. now to the latest in the death of trayvon martin. in a surprise turn of events, george zimmerman's legal time is no longer representing the former watch volunteer after failing to make contact with him for several days. the attorneys made the announcement yesterday afternoon. >> no. i've not met him face to face. it's all been through phone calls and meetings with family members. it was better for him to stay in hiding and stay safe than to come to my office where there are lots of people watching him. you know there have been death threats. my concern was that he was safe. >> this has been a terribly
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corrosive process. george zimmerman, in my opinion s not doing well emotionally, probably suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. nothing here will change the law. if we're correct, we believe we are as to what we said so far, the evidence that you have seen and the evidence that we have reason to believe that is in the possession of the prosecutor and law enforcement taken together, we believe the correct decision will be not to charge him. >> the lawyer said zimmerman is somewhere in the united states but did not know his exact locations. that raised concerns for the martin family legal team who said zimmerman could be a flight risk. zimmerman has not been formally charged because of florida's stand your ground law. the florida prosecutor said she will release new information about it by the end of the week. still ahead on "way too early," ozzie guillen blames a language barrier for his defense
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in praising former dictator fidel castro. and we bid farewell to rick santorum whose fashion sense single handedly brought the sweater vest to the forefront of presidential politics. and bill karins will have an update on a big earthquake off the coast of indonesia when "way too early" comes right back. >> the civil rights act of 1968, america does move forward. and the bell of freedom that rings out may be a little louder. so who ordered the cereal that can help lower cholesterol
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early in the morning, beautiful over the potomac. get some fresh air, grass, everything that new york doesn't have. beautiful washington, d.c. i should be on the district tourism board. we turn to sports now. the miami marlins have suspended manager ozzie guillen for five games because of comments he made to "time" magazine about fidel castro. guillen said he loved the cuban dictator and respected him for staying in power for so long. guillen's statements prompted outrage from the cuban community. crowds protested him yesterday outside the ballpark as guillen held a news conference inside, expressing remorse for what he said. >> i apologize to the people here, outside looking at me. i'm very, very, very sorry about the problem about what happened. a and i will do everything to make it better. everything in my power to make
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it better. very stupid comment, because when you are in sports, you should not have anything do with politics. i was stupid, naive about the comments. that's the reason we're here. it's right to make this better and so people know exactly what i feel. >> guillen said he was embarrassed and saddened by the effect his words had on the community, he also suggested that some of his comments may have been lost in translation. since he was not speaking in his native spanish. >> it was misinterpreted what i mean in spanish, when they ask me in spanish, i was taking spanish, and i say i cannot believe somebody hurt so many people over the years. >> if you're not a native-born american and you get in a scandal, that's the greatest defense of all time. it always seems to work to some capacity.
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hats off to ozzie guillen for the it was lost in translation defense. he will start serving his suspension immediately. bug selig supported the decision saying remarks like guillen's have no place in the game of baseball. let's get an update on today's earthquake off indonesia from nbc meteorologist bill karins. what do you know? we waiting to find out if we have a tsunami or not. we know we have had one of the most powerful earthquakes that our planet has seen. it happened about 4:38 eastern time, about 300 miles off banda aceh. this is just a bit less in magnitude than the one in 2004 that killed over 250,000 people. that's the concern. it's a similar location. the depth was similar to what happened back in 2004. that's why we're expecting a big tsunami. in india, they are saying up to a 20-foot high tsunami will be crashing on shore as we go throughout their early evening.
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the timing of it should have -- if there was a tsunami from this, which we still don't know, it would be hitting banda aceh right now or in the last ten minutes or so that's the capital there, to the very north, just 300 miles away from the epicenter if there is devastation, we will find out shortly from the capital in that region. once again, usgs is reporting this as an 8.7 magnitude which would make this the eighth strongest earthquake the planet has reported. the richter scale people in indonesia say it was 8.9. as far as earthquakes go, this is one of the biggest ones we've seen. if there's a devastating tsunami, it's now beginning to effect land areas. they're saying in australia, you do not have a concern. the west coast of the united states, they are saying we do not have a concern, but all of the indian ocean peninsula and nation theres there are the one
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effected. >> very scary, we will be following that breaking news. back to highlights from baseball, the undefeated mets hosting the washington nationals at city field. first batter of the game is ian desmond, takes it out of the yard. nats with the early lead. desmond is showing off the arm. he backhands the ball and nails down the runner at first. the hero of monday's game becomes the goat. he can't handle this grounder at second. the error scores a run. the mets lose this one 6-2. the yankees sent freddy garcia to the hill against the orioles and he had so the issues at the bottom of the fifth. a wild pitch scores a run to put the yankees down 4-1. garcia had five wild pitches in the game. two of them allowed runners to score from third. in the sixth, brett gardner
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brings home ganderson. that ties the game. then they try to get to raul ibanez. big mistake. ibanez doubles off the wall, scoring the game winner. yankees take this one 5-4. daniel baird making his first career start for the red sox, he did not get help from the defense. nick punto can't come up with the grounder. later brett lowry sneaks one through the right side. that ends up scoring another run for front to blue jays cruise to a 7-2 victory. boston is alone in last place in the a.l. east with one win and four losses. i s if you're a foreigner running a marathon held in north korea in honor of kim il-sung's birthday, your chances of winning might be slim. tell that to olexander miklovic.
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he overtook the korean with 100 meters to go on the great leader's birth day look at that photo! look at that determination! in north korea from a western democratized nation. a huge win. amazing. who would have thought they would give him the medal and allow him to leave the country unscathed. coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe," mitt romney can finally jump into the general election with both feet after rick santorum bows out of the political race. we will talk about the fallout of the long political primary. plus -- >> is there a little light show going on here? >> president obama steps into the spotlight in florida, or at least he tries to. we'll explain next with a little
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we told you at the top of the show that rick santorum has suspended his presidential campaign, ending the campaign that saw him win more counties than mitt romney. if you want to sound smart, tell your friends that santorum joins
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mitt romney and ronald reagan as the only republican candidates to win more than 11 states and not receive the nomination. let's gather around the water cooler and bid farewell to one thing we will not forget about rick santorum, the sweater vest. >> the sweater vest, amazing thing that sweater vest. it happened on a night i was doing an event for mike huckabee in des moines, showed up and everybody was in suits and ties, i showed up in a sweater vest. turned out i gave a good speech that night. all of a sudden the twitter verse went wild saying it must be the sweater vest. if that point on the sweater vest became the official wardrobe of the santorum campaign. >> sweater vest making a triumphant return to the national scene. most got rid of them after the golf pro's party. it was party rocking in the house last night -- sort of. after delivering an
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inspirational message on rebuilding america, a lighting malfunction interrupted the president's speech. watch him handle this one. >> we can put folks back to work right now rebuilding america. is there a little light show going on here? it's nice. sort of a -- a disco -- disco rally. somebody going to pull the roller skates out now? what's going on here? >> when you're a major act like president obama or bruce springsteen, you have to play one song with the house lights on. still ahead on "way too early" -- why are you awake? your electronic tweets, texts
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